Jeremy Lundbom has earned Eagle Scout status.
The 17-year-old who has been in Boy Scouts for 11 years built a parking lot gate for the United Lutheran Church on Northgate Drive as his Eagle Scout project.
Lundbom will be formally elevated to the coveted rank of “Eagle” Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Drive church. He started as a Tiger Cub in the first grade.
One of six children in the Silva family, he graduated from Manteca High last June and is currently attending Modesto Junior College and is working toward a career in the fire service. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA in high school.
He has many memories with Cub Scout Pack 432 as a Tiger, a Wolf, and a Bear and then into Weblos and finally coming of age to go into the Boy Scout level of Scouting. As a Cub he participated in many “fun adventures” including the Pinewood Derby, Raingutter Regata, 4th of July and Christmas parades along with Twilight Camp at the LDS Church plus many campouts and meetings. He has been cited for his big commitment that shows a strong sense of “follow thru” on his behalf.
As a Boy Scout he attended a week long summer camp for five years in a row at Camp Chawankee at Shaver Lake – a highlight for him each year.
Lundbom reached out into the community to seek an Eagle Scout project.
The United Lutheran Church responded asking if there was any possibility he could build a set of iron gates for the entrance and exit to their parking lot. Lundbom had never built anything of that magnitude but he forged ahead.
With the aid of fellow scouts – a tradition in Eagle projects – he researched, fund raised, and built the gates. Gary Wingers of Manteca helped him construct the gate/s
Winters spent many hours with Jeremy and Lundom’s fellow Boy Scout and brother Dylan and the other Scouts from his troop as they cut, sanded and painted every part of the steel that Winters had welded in place for them with a locking pin to keep the gates open during church services.
Lundom’s older brother Tyler Silva earned the rank of Eagle last year and his younger brother Dylan is soon to receive his Eagle rank as well.